LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
a smile to my
face to read your letter to the editor in September about my work. I’m
pleased that my little flowers were able to bring a smile to yours as
your coverage of
St. Philip’s history [“St. Philip’s Celebrates Its Centennial With
October 2010 Voice]. I am not a Catholic nor a congregant
have had the pleasure of the generosity of the church, which makes its
room available to the various Noe Valley groups I attend. Thanks.
recent history happened when Friends of Noe Valley celebrated its own
anniversary there last year. Both Supervisor Bevan Dufty and State
Leno arrived with official proclamations to read. As Dufty rose to read
asked (a somewhat surprised) Senator Leno to watch his baby daughter in
pram. I thought how far all of our worlds had moved to have one openly
officeholder ask another to watch his newborn daughter, all in the
basement of the local Catholic church! Vive la différence!
Congratulations to Noe
Valley resident Ella Scanga, 10, who was recently tapped for a 2010
Award from Skipping
magazine. The awards program honors art, essays, and
stories that promote cultural diversity and ecological sensitivity.
story “Ivy and the Maple
was picked as
one of 10 winners among 200 entries in this year’s international
Her work was printed in the September-October edition of the magazine,
Eugene, Oregon. The Voice
thanks Skipping Stones, and Ella and her family on
26th Street, for letting us share the story with our readers.
the Maple Leaf
was a big Maple Tree with beautiful leaves that changed
colors with the season. Ivy was a little girl with brown eyes and
She loved nature. Each fall, she loved to sit on a bench next to the
Tree, watching all the leaves dry up and blow away. One year, when fall
and Ivy was sitting on the bench, the leaves fell until only one leaf
until you’re ready,” said Ivy as the leaf blew in the gentle
day, when Ivy sat on the bench under the Maple Tree, the leaf
had still not fallen. “Don’t fall until you’re ready,” Ivy told the
fluttered in the gentle wind.
day, Ivy sat under the Maple Tree with a notebook. She was
doing a report on tree bark and decided that it was a good idea to come
park for ideas. When she looked up, the leaf was still there.
until you are ready,” said Ivy to the leaf.
last day of fall, the leaf finally fell off the tree. Ivy picked
up the leaf off the ground and put it in her notebook. Years passed by,
was getting ready to move. She was going through her things and found
notebook and the little brown leaf. She loved that leaf.
grew up, Ivy decided that she would become a botanist and help
botanist, she taught a class called “Plants, Specimens, and Herbs”
at a community garden. Every day, she would take her class to the park
the old Maple Tree lived. They would observe, draw plants, and learn
the things that they could do to help the environment. The kids were
by Ivy’s love of nature, and some decided to become botanists too.
Francisco, CA 94146
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